Billericay Town has been one of the Non-League teams under the spotlight in recent months, with their owner & manager Glenn Tamplin dividing football fans across the country.
In this article, I will be talking about how Billericay are on the rise and whether they have the tools to make it into the football league:
Billericay have been hitting headlines with some of their stunning acquisitions, with former Premier League players Jermaine Pennant, Paul Konchesky, Jamie O’Hara and Kevin Foley being signed on with the Isthmian Premier Division side.
Before their FA Cup First Qualifying Round clash with Didcot Town, Billericay announced the signing of YouTube free-styling sensation, 29 year-old Jeremy Lynch, as their latest marquee signing, who is looking to get into the professional game, with Billericay really being his last hope of that.
With former Football League strikers in Adam Cunnington and Jake Robinson up top, Ricay have all the tools to score plenty of goals this season and with former Gillingham and Brentford shot-stopper Alan Julian in net as their last form of defence, Glenn Tamplin and his players know that they have one of the best squads in Non-League football, let alone the Isthmian Premier.
Billericay enjoyed a fruitful pre-season, only losing two of their games against Leyton Orient and Queens Park Rangers 1-0 and 5-1 respectively.
Billericay didn’t get off to the start they wanted in the league, losing 1-0 to Kingstonian on the opening day. However, four consecutive league wins followed by an FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round win over Didcot Town has seen them get their season back on track, but the main concern for manager/owner Tamplin will be that Billericay have only kept two clean sheets competitively this season, with them both coming in the last two games.
9th September saw Billericay’s toughest game yet, but a sole goal from striker Jake Robinson enabled the moneybags of Non-League football to see off title rivals Leatherhead 1-0 at home.
Glenn Tamplin bought Billericay Town back in December 2016, after an attempted takeover of National League Dagenham & Redbridge fell through.
The new man at New Lodge sacked former manager Craig Edwards, whose Kingstonian side beat Billericay on opening day, with Tamplin opting to take on the job himself.
He has turned the club around, pumping loads of his own money into his local side and has spoken out about his plan to help Billericay into the Football League. With money in his pocket, Tamplin’s ambitions could well be fulfilled in the near future.
Could they make it into the Football League?
The Essex club have certainly got all the tools to make it into the Football League within the next five or ten years. Tamplin has stated that he wants to get them there within the next five years, however upon promotion, Ricay may find that the National League South is a completely new kettle of fish, compared to the Isthmian Premier.
With money in their bank, and a lucrative setup for their level of football, the club will look to rival Kent side Ebbsfleet and reach the same level as them within a few seasons.
Tamplin has certainly started a golden era over at Billericay, with the money, players, facilities and even the gates now enough to see the Essex side rise up the leagues as they please.
But, if Billericay struggle upon their climb and things go wrong for them, then Billericay will be seen as one of Non-League’s failed hopefuls, especially when they are the team hitting all the headlines, for the right and wrong reasons, at the moment.